In Praise of Whistleblowers

While corporate media spread distraction and propaganda, whistleblowers step up to reveal abuses of power the public has a right to know. In their new book,  United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It ), Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff sketch out our current media landscape, one cluttered with propaganda, confusion, and distraction. They argue that while corporate media do not serve the public’s right to know, whistleblowers should be regarded as defenders of democracy. Whistleblowers are the brave people who risk…

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What to know about applying for seasonal work

Department stores, coffee shops, specialty stores like toy stores, and distribution and fulfillment centers are all hiring temporary workers now Opportunities abound for those looking to make some extra money over winter break. “Retailers hire hundreds of thousands of people for seasonal jobs. If you can give an employer between four and eight weeks you can find a job this holiday season,” said Ellen Davis, president of the National Retail Federation Foundation and senior vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Retail Federation. Department stores, coffee shops, specialty stores…

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Public hearings in Trump impeachment inquiry to begin next week

House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff says three State Department officials will be the first to testify publicly. House Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump‘s dealings with Ukraine will begin public hearings next week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said on Wednesday. The hearings will mark a new, and potentially significant, phase of the impeachment inquiry, which Democrats launched in September. While a House panel has been hearing testimonies in closed-door sessions from several officials in recent weeks, this will be the first time the entirety of…

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WeWork, Uber drag SoftBank into first quarterly loss in 14 years

Softbank’s founder Masayoshi Son admitted that his earlier judgement of WeWork was ‘not right’ in many ways. Japanese technology investment firm SoftBank Group suffered its first quarterly loss in 14 years between July and September, dragged down by falling valuations of its biggest tech bets such as WeWork and Uber. The group’s giant Vision Fund made a 970 billion yen ($8.9bn) loss, a humbling blow for founder, chairman and chief executive Masayoshi Son even as he tries to raise an enormous sum for a second investment fund. Son, 62, told…

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Software flaws found in Uber car that killed US woman

US transport safety agency’s findings could affect developments of autonomous vehicles across the auto sector. An Uber self-driving test vehicle that struck and killed an Arizona woman in 2018 had software flaws, the United States‘ National Transportation Safety Board said. The agency also revealed on Tuesday that the company’s autonomous test vehicles were involved in 37 crashes over the prior 18 months. NTSB may use the findings from the first fatal self-driving car accident to make recommendations that could affect how the entire industry addresses self-driving software issues or to…

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HOTTOPIC: Fruity or minty? Vape flavors most popular with teens may be ban

Prohibition could cover all flavors, but e-cigarette advocates want to exempt at least mint and menthol for adults. Mint and menthol are among the most popular e-cigarette flavors with young users, according to U.S. government survey data that could weigh on a decision about whether or not to ban the flavors. The 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, produced by the Food and Drug Administration and published Nov. 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows e-cigarette use remains highly prevalent among teenagers who start as early as middle…

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